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China Southern Airlines Launches SFO-Wuhan-Guangzhou Service

China Southern Airlines began the first direct service from SFO to Wuhan and Guangzhou, China, on December 16, 2014.

“San Francisco is pleased to welcome China Southern Airlines, and we are more than confident that this flight will be highly successful, based on the strong commerce and cultural ties between the Guangdong Province and our Bay Area region,” said Mayor Lee.  “China Southern CEO Mr. Tan Wangeng and his team helped to facilitate the startup of the new service between SFO and Guangzhou via Wuhan as a result of our first meeting in China, and I thank China Southern for strengthening the relationship between our two regions.”

SFO Director John L. Martin also expressed his enthusiasm over the new service.  “The new flight establishes SFO as the premier gateway to the People’s Republic of China, offering service to more destinations in China than any other U.S. airport.”

China Southern will operate flights three days per week, nonstop to Wuhan and continuing to Guangzhou, using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  The return flights will be Guangzhou-Wuhan-SFO.

China Southern Airlines is the third largest airline in the world by passengers carried, and is the largest airline in Asia by fleet size. The airline is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which includes Air France, Delta Air Lines, and KLM.  In 2011, China Southern was awarded 4-Star status by SkyTrax, an independent international agency that monitors the aviation industry and whose aviation benchmarking surveys are considered among the most reliable in the world.  For more information, visit China Southern Airlines.

Last year, SFO launched www.flySFO.cn, the first dedicated Chinese-language airport website in the United States, offering navigation in Simplified Chinese.


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SFO First Airport in California to Allow Transportation Network Companies (TNC)

SFO recently entered into an agreement with Sidecar to allow the Transportation Network Company (TNC) to operate legally at the Airport. The permit, which allows the company to drop off and pick up customers at SFO, represents the first airport TNC agreement in the state of California.

“San Francisco is at the forefront of the sharing economy and companies like Sidecar are creating real jobs for San Franciscans and making easier to get around our City,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “The sharing economy was born here, and I am committed to ensuring that San Francisco supports this innovation sector’s growth and success. Congratulations to Sidecar and SFO for reaching this historic agreement, the first in California, and one of the first in the United States.”

“This permit reflects our commitment to new business models at SFO, and ensures safe, consistent service for our customers,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “I applaud Sidecar for taking the lead in their industry with the first authorized service at SFO. Their proactive approach sets an example for other transportation network companies to follow.”

“This agreement underscores that when regulators and innovators work together customers win,” said Sidecar co-founder and CEO Sunil Paul. “We commend SFO for their forward thinking and developing a framework that will allow Sidecar to provide safe and affordable transportation to people who live in and visit our City.”

Shortly thereafter, SFO reached agreements with Lyft, UberX and Wingz.


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